Gree’s Tanken Doriland Bug Let Users Copy Rare-Cards, Sell At Auction Over $300

Early Sunday morning on 2-channel social-network forum, there are people reporting a cheat using bug on a social game Tanken Doriland, run on Japan’s large social game platform Gree.

If believe it, Tanken Doriland’s player can copy any virtual card by using two accounts on two cellphones, by sending the original to the other phone, then as the same user on both cellphone, receiving the sent card by pushing buttons on the two phones simultaneously. As being a programmer, I guess it is possible that the system failed to handle exclusive access control.

As I have not confirmed this bug myself (I won’t), some users uploaded screenshots of the game with many of rarely-encountered cards to show they could at least have those bunch of rare cards, though it is still possible to photoshop any screenshots.

There are some users selling rare-cards of the game on Yahoo! Auction. For example, this seller sold 7 of the same rare-cards each by 30,000 yen (US$377) within 3 hours around the time when the story appeared on 2-channel.

Searching the same rare-card “Reicheri” on Yahoo! Auction [J] returns many sellers, which bidding prices seem to go down under 10,000 yen per card now.

The most rared cards on such kind of mobile social games are said to cost much more than that if you try to get in regular way.

via Imouto ha Vipper [J]

Yahoo! Japan PR Diva Moves To Digital Garage

Risa Nakanishi
photo by Netafull

Popular blog Netafull reported [J] that Risa Nakanishi (@BuzzTum), who has been serving for Yahoo! Japan for 12 years, sometimes called “PR Diva”, (as Yahoo! Japan has been the champion last decade) one of the center figure of Japanese web industry, left Yahoo! and joined Digital Garage(DG), the most known by its founder Joi Itoh.

On the interview, she told her jobs in Yahoo! Japan, including promotion of early days Yahoo! Auction (which killed eBay Japan), Yahoo! Search, and bloggers relation.

At DG, Risa told that she keep working as PR with projects like DG-assisting imported foreign services like Twitter and LinkedIn, global start-up incubation program Open Network Lab, etc.

As Risa said to Netafull, Digital Garage is a company who has been well known to industry people with long history, but not really popular to Japanese consumers when comparing to Yahoo! Japan. Her join may make the company’s image spread for more people who have not known them.

She also mentioned a little bit on the water server removal issue when she asked why she changed job. 🙂

She seems enjoying the buzz caused by this announcement. Here is the list of hundreds messages sent to her [J].

It’s Official Now. Google Announces Their Search Platform Provided To Yahoo! Japan

Google Asia Pacific and Japan vice president Daniel Alegre announced [J] on official Google Japan blog that Google’s search technology is again provided to Yahoo! Japan.

According to the article, Yahoo! Japan uses Google’s search engine as a backend, is able to customize frontend in any way. Google emphasizes that Yahoo! Japan has freehand on how to display search results, what original experiences to offer.

Google also provides search advertising platform to Yahoo! Japan. It is said that the data of advertisers and ads are not shared between Google and Yahoo! Japan.

In return, Yahoo! Japan gives its popular contents such like Auction, Shopping and Chiebukuro(Answers) to Google’s search index.

[Update]

Yahoo! Japan also announced it [J, pdf]

Yahoo! Japan shows how much this change will affect on their search results page. “Only”(the release said so) the blue squares – organic search results and the red boxes – search advertising part on the new one, right side, are influenced by this time change. Yahoo! related keywords, links from Yahoo! Chiebukuro(Answers) and other Yahoo! contents will remain.

The Google’s side announcement on the blog was mistakenly opened at 14:16, then withdrawn until the originally planned 15:10.

See Also:

Is Yahoo! Japan Switching To Google Search? – Our comments in this morning

Yahoo! Auction Releases iPhone App

Yahoo! Auction, Japan No.1 auction website who had defeated eBay in 2002 (eBay now collaborates with Yahoo! Auction), expands [J] its frontend into growing smartphone segment with a free iPhone application which name is “Yahuoku”.

“Yahuoku” is Japanese abbreviation form of Yahoo! Auction (such like “Super Mario” becomes “Su-mari” and “Pocket Monster” to “Pokemon”) and many people call and search it “Yahuoku”, which means this app is the flagship one on iPhone.

Although the app name shows their enthusiasm, the first version does not provide seller’s management features. i.e. You can only search and bid auctions, which seems to make many Yahoo! Auction/iPhone users disappointed with low user ratings on iPhone app store.

January 2010 Japan-IT Links (part 1)

Last week our RSS subscribers passed over 5,000, which is a good milestone. Twitter followers also increased to 400. Following @asiajin also will notify our latest articles. Thank you so much.

Here is the first half of January Japanese IT/Web interesting news links we did not take as a dedicated article. (part 2 is here)

Referred pages are all in Japanese, unless otherwise noted.

If you want to know any specific news more, but unable to find them in other English blog/media, please let us know.

As you see, we know a lot things to write but contributors time are limited. So we are looking for authors. We will help Japanese research/reading part so do not worry if your Japanese is not perfect.

We also want sponsorship to keep this group blog. Ideal if from Japanese companies because our initial motivation was to introduce them to non-Japanese web. Problem is we only write in English and they do not check English sites 🙂 If you know them please suggest us to them!